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Baylor Creek Reservoir - 2003 Survey Report

Prepared by Charles Munger and Jason Henegar
Inland Fisheries Division
District 1-A, Canyon, Texas

This is the authors' summary from a 22-page report. For a copy of the complete report, use the download link in the sidebar.

Baylor Creek Reservoir was surveyed with electrofishing and trap nets in 2003 and gill nets in 2004. This report summarizes the results of those surveys and contains a management plan for the reservoir based on those findings.

Reservoir Description

Baylor Creek Reservoir is a 600-acre impoundment constructed in 1950 on Baylor Creek, a tributary of the Red River, located 9 miles west of Childress, Texas. Baylor Reservoir is owned by the City of Childress and maintained for recreation. The reservoir was completely renovated in 1969 to eradicate a stunted white crappie population. In spring 2003 and again in spring 2004, Baylor Creek Reservoir experienced fish kills caused by a bloom of Prymnesium parvum. Both fish kills appeared to be relatively mild with <1,000 dead fish counted per event. Conductivity of the water has increased from an average of 1,150 in the 1980’s to over 4,000 in the 2000’s. At the time of sampling, the habitat was primarily flooded woody terrestrial vegetation. There are minimal handicap specific facilities.

Fish Community

Management Strategies

Based on current information, the reservoir should continue to be managed with existing regulations. Conductivity in Baylor Creek Reservoir has increased from about 1,100 μS/cm in the 1980’s to 4,890 μS/cm in 2004. Total electrofishing catch rate and catch rate of young-of the-year largemouth bass have been declining since 1993. The catch rate of bluegill has also declined in the past five years. Bluegill catch rates prior to 1999 were all higher than 270/h. Catch rates since 2001 have been less than 20/h. We are currently investigating salinity in Baylor Reservoir and the impact it has on centrarchid populations. If salinity levels are negatively impacting largemouth bass and bluegill reproduction, supplemental stocking will be required.

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Performance Report as required by Federal Aid in Sport Fish Restoration Act Texas Federal Aid Project F-30-R-29 Statewide Freshwater Fisheries Monitoring and Management Program

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